The History of the Christmas Tree
The tradition of having an evergreen tree become a symbol of
Christmas goes back past recorded written history.
The Druids in ancient England & Gual and the Romans in Europe both used
evergreen branches to decorate their homes and public buildings to celebrate
the Winter Solstice. Over the years, these traditions were adopted by
Christians, who incorporated them as part of their Christmas holiday
Trees used specifically to celebrate Christmas are mentioned in the early
1600's in Germany and surrounding countries. The families would set up these
trees in a prominent location of their home and d0000000022ecorate them with colored
paper, small toys, food, and sometimes candles. As these people moved or
immigrated to other countries, they brought this tradition with them.
Through the years many different things were used to decorate Christmas
trees. As the world moved into the 1900's, many trees were decorated with
strings of popcorn, homemade cards and pictures, cotton to look like snow,
candy in all shapes and sizes, and occasionally, fancy store made glass
balls and hand blown glass figurines. Candles were sometimes used, but often
caused devastating fires, and many different types of candle holders were
devised to try to prevent tree fires.
Electric tree lights were first used just 3 years after Thomas Edison has
his first mass public demonstration of electric lights back in 1879. The
early Christmas tree lights were handmade and quite expensive. Today,
Christmas tree ornaments can be found in nearly every size, color, and shape
imaginable, and they are used to decorate the millions of Christmas trees
used throughout the world.